In what's been a whirlwind week for the Philadelphia 76ers, they finally have official clarity on the future of this organization. After Sam Hinkie infamously stepped down from his roles as president of basketball operations and general manager earlier this week, Bryan Colangelo was named the new president of basketball operations on Sunday. His father Jerry Colangelo, who was the chairman of basketball operations, will relinquish that role while remaining a special advisor to Sixers' owner Josh Harris.
Philadelphia 76ers Managing General Partner Josh Harris announced today that the team has named Bryan Colangelo as President of Basketball Operations.
As part of the transition, Jerry Colangelo will relinquish the role of Chairman of Basketball Operations and remains as a special advisor to Harris.
During the Sixers' press conference for the announcement on Sunday, Bryan Colangelo mentioned he talked to Sam Hinkie over the weekend and expressed his disappointment over Hinkie's resignation. He mentioned several times that the plan was for him to work together with Hinkie in this potential partnership, but Hinkie's resignation killed that idea before Colangelo was hired.
Jerry Colangelo was named the chairman of basketball ops earlier this season when people around the NBA urged NBA commissioner Adam Silver to step in and alleviate some of the blatant tanking "embarrassment" so to speak regarding the Sixers. When Colangelo joined as chairman, the Sixers were 1-21 on the season. They've since "improved" to 10-69 at the time of Bryan Colangelo's hiring.
Harris said during the presser that Jerry Colangelo wasn't involved in the hiring of his son by the Sixers, and it was a conflict of interest to have both of them on board. He didn't think it was fair to Bryan to have Jerry around during the process of continuing the rebuilding effort Hinkie started three years ago.